I have finally ate my first berries of the season. The yellow and red raspberries are starting to get ripe. Now we have to decide what to do with them. We could make jelly, jam or wine. We can also can or freeze them, or juice them and can or freeze the juice. We can eat them fresh or make cobbler. There should be plenty of berries this year so hopefully there is enough to do jelly, wine, cobbler and juice. Guess we will see.
If you juice them, you can can it or freeze it to use later. Which is good if your first picking of berries doesn't leave you with enough juice for your recipe. You can save it until your next harvest and combine the juice so you have enough. You can also use the juice to make syrup. What is better with your pancakes then homemade syrup?
You can also freeze the berries whole, with or without sugar. They can be added to cereal, ice cream, or yogurt. They can also be used to make smoothies.
The best part of these berries is that they are organic, and free. All we have to do is pick them and prepare them. It doesn't get any better than that!
Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.